To Dance with the White Dog (1993)


To Dance with the White Dog (1993)

This is the touching story of an elderly widower trying to work through his grief. When Sam Peek's beloved wife, Cora, dies, a white dog suddenly materializes as his new companion and confidant. Sam takes the dog on a nostalgic journey which dramatizes the fulfillment he shared with his departed wife.
IMDb   7.6 /10
TheMovieDb    8.3 /10
Director Glenn Jordan
Writer Terry Kay
Writer Susan Cooper
Release Date1993-12-05
Runtime1h 40mins
Content RatingPG (PG)
AwardsWon 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 nominations.
CompanySignboard Hill Productions, Patricia Clifford Productions, Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Robert Samuel Peek
Dr. Bennett
Mildred Cook (as Janette Lane Bradbury)
Warde Q. Butler
Warde Q. Butler
Neal Lewis
Herman Morris
Clete Walton

To Dance with the White Dog

To Dance with the White Dog is a 1990 novel by Georgia author Terry Kay, based on the experiences of his father.

Plot summary

Sam Peek happily resides in Hart County, Georgia as a pecan farmer and local celebrity featured in many gardening/horticultural magazines. He and his wife Cora are both in their 80s, and have just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Cora dies of a heart attack. Sam and his family are deeply grieved over this, and his daughters begin to obsess over his safety and his life.

Not long after Cora's death, a mysterious white dog that only Sam can see appears near the house. He thinks it is just a stray, but daughters Kate, Carrie and his other children don't see it and think he's going crazy. Sam goes on a car trip in his weathered truck to a school reunion, keeping it a secret from the children. After a series of events, the family and other people begin to see the white dog, but never hear her bark. Shortly before Sam's death, the dog disappears and it is thought the dog was Cora in another form.


The novel was turned in to a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie, starring Hume Cronyn as Sam Peek and Jessica Tandy as Cora. It was filmed on location in Georgia. The movie premiered December 5, 1993 on CBS, and was nominated for many awards. Hume Cronyn won an Emmy award for his performance.


  • Hume Cronyn as Sam Peek
  • Jessica Tandy as Cora
  • Christine Baranski as Kate
  • Amy Wright as Carrie
  • Frank Whaley as James
  • Harley Cross as Bobby
  • Esther Rolle as Neelie
  • Ed Grady as Herman Morris